Ashwin and Sharma leave England reeling in 1st Test

Virat Kohli after the match

Virat Kohli after the match

James Anderson still believes he can get Virat Kohli out to win the titanic Edgbaston Test for England - because even the India captain is not invincible.

Ravichandran Ashwin, the India off spinner, again dismissed England's top order and Ishant Sharma took three wickets in an over to leave the home side reeling.

It looked as if the day might belong to Surrey left-arm swing bowler Sam Curran.

Kohli's magnificent 149 earlier in this match, his maiden Test century in England, meant India were only 13 runs behind on first innings when it looked as if they might be at least a hundred runs in arrears.

"I've been encouraged the way I've bowled at him in this game so far, found the edge a few times in the first innings - and on another day I could have got him for 20, and then we're not talking about how brilliant he is".

The contest between Anderson and Kohli has been a highlight of the first Test. Anderson has probed with the swinging new ball, beating the bat and drawing edges from Kohli but could only watch in frustration at near misses and, most distressingly, a dropped catch by Dawid Malan in the first innings.

"We need five wickets, simple as that, fairly quickly - otherwise, they'll get the runs".

Ashwin took three for 59 to follow his first-innings four for 62.

But Anderson, who has bowled heroically in this game with little luck, knows England will have to catch everything that comes their way after a poor performance in the slip cordon across the first three days.

Curran helped them to a decent total but, with five Tests in six weeks, they will need to find a way to stop these collapses happening.

The next session could well prove crucial, can England get deeper into the India batting lineup or can Kohli restore some calm? Only Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi (554 in Leeds, 1967) and Sourav Ganguly (308 in Nottingham, 2002) have played more balls than him in a single Test in England.

But he fell for 20 when, squared up by Sharma´s superb outswinger from around the wicket, he edged to Ajinkya Rahane in the gully.

The tourists recovered from 100 for five, and then 182 for eight, to reach 274 all out and therefore concede a lead of only 13 runs to England, who then stumbled to nine for one after losing Alastair Cook to the last ball of day two.

The slump continued as Sharma then scalped the unsafe Ben Stokes and Joss Buttler in similar fashion, for the scoreline to read 87 for 7, with the lanky seamer exercising discipline over his line and length, and exploiting the swinging English conditions to dismatle the English middle order.

During the lunch interval, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed that Jos Buttler had gone to hospital to have an x-ray on his left middle finger.

"The good thing is that I have scored a 50 in county cricket, so I am carrying that confidence in my batting as well. We can get him out, and we'll be trying to do that in the morning". "I got some overs in my legs".

Curran was given a standing ovation when he was last man out, caught behind by Karthik.

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